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  • Assad assassination attempt may have prompted chemical weapons strike

    08/31/2013 10:38:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    NBC 'blogs ^ | August 28, 2013 | Richard Engel and Robert Windrem
    Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army... said the attack on the rebel enclaves around the capital on Aug. 21 was ordered as pressure mounted on Assad -- even from his own supporters -- for a reprisal to the Aug. 8 attack, in which rebels fired rockets at his motorcade as it rolled through the Malki neighborhood of Damascus, headed to a local mosque for prayers marking the end of Ramadan. Assad is not believed to have been in the motorcade at the time of the rocket attack, but the brazen assault on the president's own doorstep had a...
  • Syria: Putin rubbishes chemical attack claims. Russian president goes on offensive against Obama

    08/31/2013 8:04:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Saptarshi Ray
    Vladimir Putin has rejected US intelligence claims that Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in Syria, saying it would be "utter nonsense" for government troops to use such tactics in a war it was already winning. "That is why I am convinced that [the chemical attack] is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States," Putin told journalists in Vladivostok.
  • Saudi Prince Bandar behind chemical attack in Syria: report

    08/31/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 118 replies
    Syrians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta say Saudi Arabia provided chemical weapons for an Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group which they blame for the August 21 chemical attack in the region, a Mint Press News report says. The article co-authored by a veteran AP reporter, said interviews with doctors, residents, anti-government forces and their families in Ghouta suggest the terrorists in question received chemical weapons via Saudi spymaster Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud. The report quoted the father of a militant as saying that his son and 12 others were killed inside a tunnel used...
  • Could a rebel dropped Chemical Weapon lead to war

    08/31/2013 12:22:14 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 55 replies
    vanity | 31 August 2013` | Trueblackman
    Okay Freeper Family, you know President Obama is itching to pull the trigger on Syria to deflect from his failed policies and train wreak administration, but something about all the evidence of a Syrian Government Chemical Attack just does not pass the smell test. Many of you know I am a veterans and here is where I need some of my fellow vets to help me understand something. Mr. Kerry in his push for action stated that less than 1,500 people were killed in a government launched chemical attack, now that is a very low number of deaths from a...
  • Putin Rejects Syria Chemical Weapons Accusations as 'Utter Nonsense'

    08/31/2013 10:58:22 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies
    Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the American evidence that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, calling the suggestion "utter nonsense." "While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense," Putin told journalists in Vladivostok, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. He urged the United States to present its evidence to the UN Security Council and cautioned President Obama about the consequences of getting involved. Read: Still Undecided, Obama Favors 'Limited, Narrow' Act in Syria "I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: before using...
  • International weapons experts leave Syria, U.S. prepares attack

    08/31/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 80 replies
    Reuters US Edition ^ | | Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:35am EDT | Erika Solomon
    U.N. experts investigating a poison gas attack in Syria left the country on Saturday, paving the way for the United States to lead military strikes to punish President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States, which has five cruise-missile equipped destroyers in the region, was planning "limited, narrow" military action to punish Assad for an attack that Washington said killed 1,429 people. "We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," Obama said on Friday after Washington unveiled an intelligence assessment concluding Assad's forces were to blame for...
  • Is Syria a real problem or just the latest phony scandal?

    08/31/2013 8:06:42 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | August 31st, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Slow Down In a rush to start a military strike against Syria, the Nobel Peace prize recipient is being told to slow down by the UN and European countries. Obama’s request for the assistance of old allies in his mad scramble to protect al Qaeda-led rebels from the Syrian Regime was soundly rejected by Britain. Valerie Jarrett must have demanded Obama strike Assad immediately. After all, the rebellion is being influenced by the Mo-Bros with Saudi oil money. When you read anything that says Brotherhood fighters it actually means al Qaeda. Chemical attack On August 21st, chemical weapons were used...
  • Whoever Wins in Syria, its Christians Will Lose

    08/30/2013 7:22:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 8/31/13 | Robin Harris
    David Cameron will almost certainly get his Syrian war. Who will fight it, let alone who will win it, remains unclear. But who will lose it is already known — the Christians. The relentless persecution of Christ’s followers is foretold in the Gospels. Suffering is portrayed as the pathway to triumph. The global position today conforms quite closely to that picture. Three quarters of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians — the expanding part — now live outside the largely tolerant West. At the same time, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that Christians suffer more persecution than...
  • This time, for Assad, something went terribly wrong

    08/31/2013 7:41:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 8/31/2013 | AVI ISSACHAROFF
    The US strike against Syria has yet to begin, and doubts abound regarding the scope and effectiveness of any such attack. Most pressing for Israel is the question of what happens in the hours and days after an American strike. But several other important questions have been left unanswered in all of the analyses and scholarly articles written in the nine days since the chemical attack on civilians in the suburbs of Damascus. First, when will the US strike and how far will it go? >>SNIP<< Second, what will happen in Syria on the morning after the attack? >>SNIP<< The...
  • Is Syria a real problem or just the latest phony scandal?

    08/31/2013 7:19:50 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 8/31/2013 | Jim Emerson
    Slow Down In a rush to start a military strike against Syria, the Nobel Peace prize recipient is being told to slow down by the UN and European countries. Obama’s request for the assistance of old allies in his mad scramble to protect al Qaeda-led rebels from the Syrian Regime was soundly rejected by Britain. Valerie Jarrett must have demanded Obama strike Assad immediately. After all, the rebellion is being influenced by the Mo-Bros with Saudi oil money. When you read anything that says Brotherhood fighters it actually means al Qaeda. Chemical attack On August 21st, chemical weapons were used...
  • Russia sharply steps up criticism of U.S. over Syria

    08/31/2013 7:16:26 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 25 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | By Will Englund
    ---- snip “I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: Before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties,” Putin told Russian news agencies in Vladivostok during a tour of the country’s flood-stricken Far East. “Russia is urging you to think twice before making a decision on an operation in Syria,” he said. --- snip “While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense,” Putin said. On top of that, he said, the Obama administration’s “claims that proof...
  • US Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

    08/30/2013 8:07:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    White House ^ | 8/30/2013
    U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013 The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack. These all-source assessments are based on human, signals, and geospatial intelligence as well as a significant body of open source reporting.Our classified assessments have been shared with the U.S. Congress and key international partners. To protect sources and methods, we cannot publicly release all available intelligence...
  • U.S. Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched

    08/30/2013 2:43:11 PM PDT · by redreno · 31 replies
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com ^ | Friday, August 30, 2013 - 3:19 PM | Shane Harris, Yochi Dreazen, Noah Shachtman, David Kenner
    American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria. The disclosure -- part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria's chemical attacks -- raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?
  • "Proof" Assad Used Chemical Weapons Is One Hundred YouTube Clips: Full Report Attached

    08/30/2013 11:07:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 30, 2013
    Below is the government's assessment of the "Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013." It is exactly as expected, putting the full blame on Assad. What however is absolutely mindblowing is the following: "We have identified one hundred videos attributed to the attack, many of which show large numbers of bodies exhibiting physical signs consistent with, but not unique to, nerve agent exposure. The reported symptoms of victims included unconsciousness, foaming from the nose and mouth, constricted pupils, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. Several of the videos show what appear to be numerous fatalities with no visible...
  • John Kerry: Syrian regime killed 1,429 people in chemical attack

    08/30/2013 10:59:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House released a four-page assessment Friday laying out the evidence the government used to conclude that Syria launched a chemical weapons attack last week, as President Obama continues to lay the groundwork for retaliatory strikes. “We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on August 21,” the report, labeles the “U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013.” The assessment said the attack, on 12 locations in the Damascus area, killed at least 1,429 people, including at...
  • U.S. does NOT know what chemical agent used in Syria???!!

    08/30/2013 10:54:26 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 8 replies
    Me
    No mention of specific agent in Kerry report.
  • Meet Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan: The Puppetmaster Behind The Syrian War

    08/30/2013 10:23:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 August 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday the Telegraph's Evans-Pritchard [8] dug up a note that we had posted almost a month [9]ago, relating to the "secret" meeting between Saudi Arabia and Russia, in which Saudi's influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan met with Putin and regaled him with gifts, including a multi-billion arms deal and a promise that Saudi is "ready to help Moscow play a bigger role in the Middle East at a time when the United States is disengaging from the region", if only Putin would agree to give up his alliance with Syria's al-Assad and let Syria take over, ostensibly...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

    08/30/2013 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies
    MintPress News ^ | August 29, 2013 | Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh
    <p>This article is a collaboration between Dale Gavlak reporting for Mint Press News (also of the Associated Press) and Yahya Ababneh.</p> <p>Ghouta, Syria — As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit.</p>
  • Rand Paul on Syria: I can’t see sending my son to fight on the same side as al Qaeda

    08/30/2013 6:13:06 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 136 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 30, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Paul also explained that he had difficulty seeing any American interests in the Syrian conflict. “I can’t see fighting to impose Sharia law in Syria,” Paul said. “I can’t see sending my son to fight with Islamic rebels against Christians. I also can’t see my son going to fight on the same side as al Qaeda.” Under Sharia law, Paul noted, Christians would be persecuted for blasphemy, citing a woman in Pakistan who was jailed for blasphemy after she drank from a cup shared by Muslim workers. “That is not something I want to send our boys and girls to...
  • Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war

    08/30/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-29-2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war. According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report. The doctored report...
  • Alan Grayson: 'Not Even Clear It Was a Chemical Attack' in Syria [video]

    08/30/2013 5:37:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV ^ | 8-29-2013 | Breitbart-TV
    [video] On CNN's The Lead, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) explains his opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria's civil war: "It's not even clear it was a chemical attack. If it was a chemical attack, then the residue left on the clothing of victims would have poisoned other people. That hasn't happened."
  • Galloway Caught Lying to Parliament Over Syria Comments

    08/30/2013 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/30/2013, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    A week after accusing Israel of giving Al-Qaeda chemical weapons to use against civilians in Syria, British MP George Galloway was caught lying about his remarks during a debate in Parliament. … On Thursday, during a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London. Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take...
  • US Frustrated by Russian Efforts to ‘Block’ Syria Action at UN

    08/30/2013 12:13:20 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 08/29/2013 | RIA Novosti
    WASHINGTON, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – An urgent meeting of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – reportedly called by Russia – ended in less than an hour on Thursday without any indication of progress or agreement on the crisis in Syria following last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack, US media reported. It was the second time in two days that the five permanent Security Council members – the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China – came out of a meeting with no apparent progress. Russia, which on Wednesday blocked a British resolution seeking the...
  • Verify chemical weapons use before unleashing the dogs of war

    08/29/2013 6:16:27 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/29/2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.According to these officers, who served in top positions in the United States, Britain, France, Israel, and Jordan, a Syrian military communication intercepted by Israel’s famed Unit 8200 electronic intelligence outfit has been doctored so that it leads a reader to just the opposite conclusion reached by the original report.The doctored report was leaked...
  • Syria: Is All News Media Covering ? Call for Research of the Truth [Vanity]

    08/29/2013 1:43:06 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 24 replies
    Vanity | 8/29/2013 | Self
    The obvious question that needs answering: What was the Original Source of the Syrian "revolution" ? If it was NOT domestic (initiated and lead by domesting Syrian citizens), but was Foreign-initiated and lead... That was the Original Act of War. Asking for anyone who has real information to come clean, out with the truth, here on this thread. Calling on news media to ask this question. Calling on members of Congress to ask this question. The truth needs to come out - who is behind the Syrian revolution. If the Syrian government is putting down a foreign-initiated coup d'état -...
  • AP: Syrian Intelligence Linking Assad To Chemical Attack “No Slam Dunk”

    08/29/2013 12:12:45 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-29-13 | Curt
    In the no s**t Sherlock category we have this news: The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say. President Barack Obama declared unequivocally Wednesday that the Syrian government was responsible, while laying the groundwork for an expected U.S. military strike. "We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out," Obama said in an interview with "NewsHour" on PBS....
  • Russia Calls For Urgent UN Security Council Meeting

    08/29/2013 10:44:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Zero Hedge/Sky News Newsdesk ^ | August 28, 2013 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    Somehow we doubt that Putin just folded... Sky Sources: Russia to call for urgent meeting of five permanent members of UN Security Council — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 29, 2013 Some more from BBG: RUSSIA CALLED FOR THE SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, DIPLOMAT 5 PERMANENT COUNCIL MEMBERS U.K., U.S., FRANCE, CHINA, RUSSIA FIVE PERM. SEC. COUNCIL MEMBERS TO MEET AT 2:30P Hopefully Putin doesn't whip out incontrovertible proof the chemical gas attack was linked to Al Qaeda, Qatar... and the US of course.
  • Syria Does Not Satisfy the Powell Doctrine

    08/29/2013 6:05:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2013 | Larry Elder
    President Barack Obama said that an introduction of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war would constitute a "red line" with "enormous consequences" that "would change [his] calculus." That was a year ago. This past March, Obama said, "We will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists. ... We will hold [Bashar al-Assad] accountable." Credible sources -- including Britain, France and U.S. intelligence agencies -- accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons on two or more occasions, once last December and possibly twice during March. Obama took...
  • AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no 'slam dunk'

    08/29/2013 4:08:38 AM PDT · by quimby · 60 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 29, 6:54 AM EDT | KIMBERLY DOZIER and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say. snip However, multiple U.S. officials used the phrase "not a slam dunk" to describe the intelligence picture - a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet's insistence in 2002 that U.S. intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a "slam dunk" - intelligence...
  • Syria. FSA Fail Compilation 2012 - 2013 (Incompetent terrorists screwed up).

    08/29/2013 12:45:25 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    Video at link.
  • Communications intercept proves Syrian forces launched chemical attack

    08/28/2013 8:49:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 28, 2013 | Rick Moran
    As far as I'm concerned, this doesn't change the rationale for not bombing Syria one bit. All it does is set up a war crimes trial in the Hague in the future. Foreign Policy: Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people. Those conversations were overheard by U.S. intelligence services, The Cable has learned. And that is the major reason why American...
  • ‘This Is About Destroying Sovereignty’: Beck Examines Potential Syria Strike

    08/28/2013 7:59:42 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/28/2013 | Glenn Beck
    Many have been alarmed by the rapid escalation in Syria this week after years of horrific violence. With the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, U.S. officials say America could begin missile strikes within the week. But why now? What exactly do we hope to achieve? Glenn Beck tackled the issue on his television program Wednesday evening, arguing that the focus of the administration may not be on the war itself — but on the subsequent layout of the world. “This administration knows that we are on the brink of World War III. The global economy is...
  • Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

    08/28/2013 5:39:41 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 28/08/2013 | Youssef Bodansky
    There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition. The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light. On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations...
  • President Obama 'sure Syria behind chemical attack'

    08/28/2013 3:57:02 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2013
    US President Barack Obama says the US has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attacks near Damascus. He said the use of chemical weapons affected US national interests and sending a "shot across the bows" could have a positive impact on Syria's war.
  • Evidence Points to Use of Chemical Weapons by Assad Regime

    08/28/2013 11:36:09 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 16 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 8/28/2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Is the President of the United States certain chemical weapons were used to kill innocent civilians in Damascus last week, and is he certain that the Assad regime was, in fact, responsible for the attack? Is the evidence clear and compelling? Will such evidence stand up in the court of public opinion? The U.S. administration thinks so, and will make the evidence public soon. We are told such evidence will include: Intercepted telephone calls between Assad regime officials and military leaders discussing the chemical attack, picked up by U.S. intelligence. Intercepted communications from the Syrian military picked up by Israeli...
  • VIDEO Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad) & Why

    08/28/2013 9:36:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Reclaim Our Republic ^ | August 28, 2013
    >CONFIRMS several recent posts on this blog-Nazis and Muslim Brotherhood compared-UN Panel implicates Syrian Rebels in Chemical weapons attacks-Alarming Footage: Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapons-History Repeats: CIA Docs Reveal US Aided SaddamÂ’s Chemical Attacks-Obama Busted Funding Secret Jihad Takeover August 27, 2013 By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack Recent news of a chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. The question comes down to who is most desperate right now, the Assad regime or the Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Consider that since June, AssadÂ’s forces have been winning. According to a CBS News report from last month, victories for the...
  • Syria asks UN to immediately investigate three new ‘chemical attacks’ by rebels

    08/28/2013 10:26:36 AM PDT · by Veto! · 14 replies
    rt.com (Russia Today) ^ | August 28, 2013 | Reuters/Abo Alnour Alhaji
    The Syrian government is demanding that the United Nations immediately investigate three alleged chemical attacks carried out by rebel groups on the outskirts of Damascus last week, Syria’s envoy to the UN said. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said he had requested UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the team of experts currently in Damascus investigating an alleged use of chemical weapons last week also investigate these other attacks. The attacks took place on August 22, 24 and 25, Bashar Jaafari told journalists Wednesday. The “militants” used toxic chemical gas against the Syrian army, the Syrian diplomat told reporters. .... read more...
  • US strike on Syria would be illegal 'act of war'

    08/28/2013 7:53:51 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 27, 2013 | Alastair Crooke
    The Obama administration is right to be caution about US intervention in Syria. For the US to launch a military strike without UN Security Council sanction would constitute an illegal 'act of war' against a sovereign state. (The Kosovo precedent cannot make an illegal act legal). Awkwardly, reality is rather different: There has been absolutely no evidence published to support the allegation that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were responsible for this latest, or any other gas attack in Syria. Unwelcome as it may be to certain European and regional governments, who have been cheerleading the case for American intervention, neither...
  • Eyewitness evidence proves poisonous gas was used near Damascus by paramilitaries (May incident)

    08/28/2013 7:53:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 8-28-13 | Tass
    CAIRO, August 28 (Itar-Tass) - Evidence provided by eyewitnesses and people who suffered from a poisonous gas attack in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus obviously points to the fact that the neuro-paralytic gas sarin was used there by the paramilitaries of Syria’s irreconcilable opposition, Carla del Ponte, the former chief prosecutor of UN international criminal tribunals said in an interview with Swiss television Wednesday. Her words were cited by Surya al-Aan news portal.
  • China: Remember Bogus Excuses for Iraq War Before Attacking Syria

    08/28/2013 2:33:42 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/27/2013 | Reuters
    BEIJING — An attack on Syria would be dangerous and irresponsible, and the world should remember the Iraq war was started by U.S. allegations of weapons of mass destruction which turned out to be false, China's official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The United States has served Syrian President Bashar al-Assad notice that it believes he was responsible for chemical weapons being used against civilians last week. Military chiefs from the United States and its European and Middle Eastern allies have met in Jordan for what could be a council of war, should they decide to punish Assad, who...
  • U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'

    08/28/2013 6:11:40 AM PDT · by Count of Monte Fisto · 35 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 29 January 2013 | Louise Boyle
    Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country. A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons. Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against...
  • Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say

    08/28/2013 5:36:47 AM PDT · by quimby · 128 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 8-27-13 | Posted By Noah Shachtman
    Last Wednesday, in the hours after a horrific chemical attack east of Damascus, an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike that killed more than 1,000 people. Those conversations were overheard by U.S. intelligence services, The Cable has learned. And that is the major reason why American officials now say they're certain that the attacks were the work of the Bashar al-Assad regime -- and why the U.S. military is likely to attack that regime in a matter of days. But...
  • U.S. spies certain Assad used nerve gas 'after intercepting phone call from panicking Syrian def...

    08/28/2013 4:26:21 AM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 28, 2013 | Amanda Williams and Jill Reilly
    The U.S is confident that Syria was behind the deadly chemical weapons attack after intercepting a phone call from a Syrian defence chief demanding an explanation from its chemical weapon military unit for the action, according to new claims. Just hours after the attack last Wednesday an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defense exchanged panicked phone calls with a leader of the unit, demanding answers, according to website Foreign Policy. The phone call was intercepted by U.S spies according to the website, and is now the reason that America is confident that it was carried out by the regime....
  • Before we Bomb Syria, Shouldn't we Seek Proof of Guilt?

    08/27/2013 9:46:06 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 31 replies
    Mail on Sunday ^ | August 26 2013 | Peter Hitchens
    Late last week, the BBC began blasting the airwaves with stories about a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus. Initially, its reporters and presenters were reasonably careful to point out that the videos on which this claim was based were unverified - and in fact impossible to verify. As has since become quite clear, the site of the alleged atrocity is very difficult to reach. This fact would be well-known to those who released the films. Indeed, they are in a position to make the site hard to reach. This is by no means the first such allegation...
  • Syria: Thousands Suffering Neurotoxic Symptoms Treated in Hospitals Supported by MSF

    08/27/2013 10:55:51 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 34 replies
    Médecins Sans Frontières ^ | August 24, 2013 | Médecins Sans Frontières
    Three hospitals in Syria's Damascus governorate that are supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have reported to MSF that they received approximately 3,600 patients displaying neurotoxic symptoms in less than three hours on the morning of Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Of those patients, 355 reportedly died.
  • UN Official, Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas, Not Assad’s Army (May 2013 story)

    Testimony from victims now strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin Nerve Gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior UN diplomat said Monday. Carla del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent. But she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons (CW), according to the BBC, she added...
  • UN accuses Syrian rebels of carrying out sarin gas attacks (was) blamed on Assad's troops. [May 2013

    08/27/2013 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 31 replies
    Dailymail ^ | May 6, 2013 | UPDATED: 01:31 EST, May 7, 2013 | Damien Gayle and Mail Foreign Service
    A senior United Nations official has claimed that Syrian rebels may have used chemical weapons against government forces. Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals, and there are strong, concrete suspicions of the use of sarin gas, ‘This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.’
  • Are the Syrian rebels the ones using chemicalweapons? (From 3 Months Ago)

    08/27/2013 2:48:11 PM PDT · by Count of Monte Fisto · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | May 6, 2013 | Brad Friedman
    So, wait. It wasn’t the Syrian regime, but rather the Syrian rebels who used sarin nerve gas recently? That’s the story being reported tonight by Reuters, from actually named sources among U.N. investigators. But will anybody notice? Or, with Israeli airstrikes already under way, and the neo-cons already demanding another new war, is the news too little, too late…again? The week before last, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, reading from a letter sent by the White House to Congress, announced that the Administration believes that the Syrian government recently used chemical weapons against its own people. If true, it would be...
  • Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims (Excruciating Details of Victims)

    08/27/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking them inside....
  • Chemical warfare in Syria: who and why?

    08/27/2013 9:15:31 AM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8/27/2013 | Abdallah Schleifer
    There is a reason to be cautious. Both sides in the Syrian civil war have committed atrocities and both sides have misrepresented photos and falsified reports. But the burden appears to be on the government’s side. Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), which is above partisanship as well as devoted to saving lives, has reported that the hospitals it supports in Damascus have treated thousands of victims for neuro-toxicity. Their reports say that the symptoms are a result of the presence of Sarin gas. A former British Army chemical weapons expert says that the scale of the attack, the numbers affected and...